Cecilia Bartoli explores the life of Farinelli with their new release

To celebrate more than three decades on the seal Decca Classics, mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli published an entirely new album commemorating the life and career of the most famous opera singer of the eighteenth century: and castrated Farinelli. The launch is scheduled the 8 of November and the disc includes arias from older brother Farinelli, Riccardo Broschi, as well as their teacher and mentor, Nicola Porpora. Also includes a new recording of "Alto Giove ', Opera Polifemo Porpora, which celebrates the unique ability to sing Farinelli long musical phrases and extraordinary high notes. Cecilia sings with the group of period instruments Il Giardino Armonico and its director Giovanni Antonini, with whom he first collaborated on his album Vivaldi, awarded a Grammy, and later again sacrifice, his first album dedicated to the castrati, from 2009, which also he won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Many arias included in this new release were written specifically for Farinelli and composers developed in them often innovative works made keeping in mind the castrato. In 1725, Mark Antony and Cleopatra Hasse was released outside Naples, the role of Cleopatra written for Farinelli (known by the nickname "il ragazzo" - the boy - for his youthful beauty). As a notable example of the love he felt the public for antirealism and the fetishization of voices "hermaphrodite" during the time, It was an older singer, Vittoria Tesi, who played the role of Marc'Antonio, something that must have been very appreciated by the cultured elite listeners then. With this release, Bartoli has placed in the foreground for public twenty-first century this celebration of the fluidity of gender and power dynamics associated.

El Italian Farinelli, born with the name of Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi in 1705, It is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of opera and an authentic 'rock star' within the Baroque enlightened society. Unlike many castrati, Farinelli came from the nobility and was castrated about twelve. And then a singer of great talent, after studying in Naples with singing teacher most famous moment, Nicola Porpora, Farinelli's fame grew exponentially during his teens and became known throughout Italy as the 'Singer of Kings'. Among his future successes included performances in the royal courts of Europe's most prestigious and lucrative period spent in London, which resulted in new roles created for him by George Frideric Handel eminent. Farinelli's career ended two decades engaged in the Spanish court, invited by Queen Elizabeth, he thought his beautiful voice could cure melancholy of her husband.

Cecilia Bartoli wanted to shed light on the music behind the most famous names in opera and bring up some of the ideas about sex and gender in historical interpretation. Italian singer released the album selling sacrifice, his first foray into the world of the castrati, containing first world recordings Antonio Caldara, Leonardo Vinci y Francesco Araia, among others. Over the next decade, Bartoli was the standard bearer of this music and this inspired his decision to make Farinelli in the center of Salzburg Whitsun Festival this year, scheduled for her in his capacity as Artistic Director.

Their desire to present this namesake artist in a contemporary setting is reflected in the album cover, in which Cecilia continues to break boundaries by playing with the presentation and perception of gender: "It is no coincidence that can capture the idea [to explore the art of the great castrati] right now, when discussions about the abuse of bodily integrity of artists has become such a topical issue… It should be noted the phenomenon from different points of view, without neglecting the terrible historical context ".

Having sold more than 12 million records worldwide, Cecilia Bartoli has enjoyed a career full of awards, triumphing on stage in concert halls and opera houses around the world for over three decades. He 16 May 1987, Cecilia, then nineteen, She made her stage debut The Barber of Seville at the Rome Opera, your natal city, although his stage debut there had been a decade earlier, when he sang the character of the shepherd boy in a representation Tosca in Rome. Since then, Cecilia tilt the discovery has led her to perform music from some of the lesser-known composers in history. In addition to his many other awards, He has won five Grammys, more than a dozen Klassik Echo Awards in Germany, two Classical Brit Awards in Great Britain, Francia el Victoire de la Musique, the Prix Caecilia in Belgium and the Edison Award in Holland.

Cecilia will tour Europe from 23 of November, interpreting the music of his new album with his baroque ensemble The Prince of Monaco Musicians.

Cut List:

  1. 'In waiting for my good' de Polifemo by Porpora (Single 1)
  2. 'Vaghi loves, thanks love 'de The party of imeneo Porpora
  3. 'Death with the fiery aspect of' de Mark Antony and Cleopatra de Hasse (Single 3)
  4. 'Lontan ... Flattered by hope' de Polifemo Porpora *
  5. 'Who does not feel my pain' de La Merope the Broschi
  6. 'As a ship in a storm ria' de Semiramide Regina dell'Assiria Porpora
  7. 'Missing or feel God' de Adriano in Syria de Giacomelli
  8. 'And, You traitor set on La Merope The Broschi *
  9. 'These cor to hitherto unknown' de Still Abel Caldara
  10. 'Mr. Hope your ... In God's throne, I impero Dio 'of Mark Antony and Cleopatra de Hasse
  11. 'Alto Giove' de Polifemo Porpora (Single 2) – grabado con The Prince of Monaco Musicians / Gianluca Capuano